Now that I’m sure y’all are gung-ho to have your very own date nights at home, I thought I’d post some recipes and/or links to a few ideas for the various parts of the evening.
Part 1: Cocktails
Let’s get liquored up.
- Mixed Citrus Margaritas
- Skinny Mojitos: in a highball glass, muddle together the juice of 1/2 a lime + 1 tsp sugar + a few mint leaves. Add 1 shot vodka (or gin, or rum) and ice. Top with sparkling water.
- The Cuke: in a pitcher, combine and muddle 1 English cucumber, sliced + 3 limes, sliced + juice of 2 limes + 1/2 cup sugar + big bunch of mint. Add 2 cups gin, then let sit for at least 30 minutes. When ready to serve, pour over ice and top with sparkling water.
- Blended Strawberry Lemonade Margaritas: in a blender, combine 1 3/4 cups lemonade + 1/2 bag frozen strawberries + 1 cup tequila (silver recommended) + juice of 1 lime + small bunch of mint + squeeze of agave (optional). Blend and serve.
- Vodka Lemon Sparkler: to make sparkling lemonade, combine 1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice + 1/4 cup sugar + 5 cups sparkling water. Add 1 shot vodka to a glass with ice, top with lemonade and serve.
A quick post to start off your Valentine’s week. This drink pairs perfectly with the recipe I’ll be posting later this week — a hot and spicy (not to mention easy) meal for you and your valentine. Yum!
Mixed Citrus Margaritas
makes 4 cocktails
- 1/2 cup tequila (I recommend using a silver tequila in these — I like Milagro)
- 1/2 cup triplesec or cointreau
- 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice (plus extra lime wedges for serving)
- juice of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 orange (or other citrus of your choice — tangerine or 1/2 a grapefruit would be delish)
- 1-2 cups ice (add 1 cup for an “on the rocks” margarita, add more for “blended”)
- Optional: salt to rim the edge of your glasses
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, then blend to your desired consistency.
- Take a lime wedge and use it rim the edge of your cocktail glasses, then dip the edge into salt to create a salted rim (if desired).
- Pour margarita into a cocktail glass over ice, garnish with a lime wedge.
These margaritas are great because they’re fresh and citrusy, as opposed to thick and sugary (as I often find restaurant margaritas to be — blech). And no added sugar means you can have as many as you want!
Let’s get schnockered and make out.